miscellany

On this Monday morning, a rather random collection of links:

~ A prayer when feeling tired and weary.

~ A prayer when feeling a bit down and “blah-ish”

(I collected those links while I was in the thick of finishing summer term, and I was definitely feeling tired, weary, and blah-ish.)

~ Some good news from Amazon:

Amazon today introduced Kindle MatchBook, a new benefit that gives customers the option to buy—for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free—the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased new from Amazon. Print purchases all the way back to 1995—when Amazon first opened its online bookstore—will qualify once a publisher enrolls a title in Kindle MatchBook. Over 10,000 books will already be available when Kindle MatchBook launches in October, including best sellers like I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, with many more titles to be added over time.

~ Victor Davis Hanson on how President Obama just doesn’t get human nature.

~ 2 recent posts on modesty by the gals at Femina are worth a read: Indulge me in a parable… and Why Modesty, Why?

~ Abuse does not take away use.

~ How to respond to pain and suffering…past and present.

~ The assurance of discipline.

~ Unconditional love?

~ Make the Bible your native tongue.

~ No rest for the wicked:

One of the tough things about growing in grace is the way that we don’t get to pick the next battlefront nor the pace of that battle in our growth in sanctification. I want to grow at one speed, to take very sane and bite-sized portions of sanctification. But God sometimes intends to duct tape my lips to the fire hose of godliness and crank the faucet open. It’s particularly the moments when I feel like I have exhausted myself spiritually, that I think I deserve a little bit of a break. And it is invariably at those moments that I am given my next assignment.

~ What if surfing was your job?

Your drudgery is another person’s delight. It’s only a job if you treat it that way. The privilege to do our work, to be in control of the promises we make and the things we build, is something worth cherishing.

Off to work now…

Happy Monday!
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P.S. Don’t forget about my book giveaway!

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